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Museum, free entry

Henley-in-Arden Heritage and Visitor Centre

Henley-in-Arden Heritage and Visitor Centre



This unique museum of local history portrays the life of a market town over the last ten centuries. It tells the story of the original settlement of Beaudesert and its one-time Norman castle and traces the joint development of Henley-in-Arden and Beaudesert up to the present day.

Displays in the seven exhibit rooms cover all aspects of social, business and domestic life, including life in wartime, complete with a replica of the famous Anderson bomb shelter.

The offices of the Lords of the Manor and the ancient courts, which still survive, are described and the museum holds the original charter granted by Henry VI in 1449. Local figures of interest, including William James, sponsor of locomotive engineer George Stephenson, are commemorated. An observation quiz provides interest from young people.

The house itself is an architectural gem, its oldest parts dating from 1345. There is disabled access to all ground floor rooms, which include the reading room with its extensive document, audio and video archives and a ""virtual tour"" of the upstairs rooms. Guided tours for groups, by prior arrangement.

Disabled toiletsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopPublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessSmoking not allowed

Opening details

1st April to end October: Tues-Fri 10.30am - 4.30pm;
Sat, Sun and Bank Holidays 2.30 - 4.30pm.
Closed Mondays (except bank holidays)


Free entry

Free admission but donations are greatly appreciated.


Joseph Hardy House,
150 High Street,
B95 5BS



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Map reference: SP 146660  Lat: 52.29212 Long: -1.78617

Take the A3400 Birmingham Road from Stratford to Henley-in-Arden. Or from the M40 get off at junction 16 and follow the A3400 towards Henley. The Heritage Centre is in the centre of the town on the High Street.

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Henley-in-Arden station


  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 3
      Number of steps to entrance
  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system


1 - There is full wheelchair access to ground floor rooms, including reading (and archive) room. 2 - Disabled toilet available. 3 - Very clear display texts in large font.